Minivets, also known as small passerine birds, inhabit the forests and woodlands of South and Southeast Asia, which includes countries like India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. These adorable birds go by the scientific name Pericrocotus miniatus.
The Small Minivet male is easily recognizable due to its vibrant red-orange upperparts and black wings. On the other hand, the female has grey upperparts and yellow underparts, making her look distinct from the male. The bird’s striking and colourful feather pattern is one of its most notable features. Both sexes share a broad black beak as well as a black mask around their eyes.
The Small Minivet’s charming and sweet melody is defined by a sequence of clear, high-pitched tones. It mostly feeds on small invertebrates and insects as its main source of sustenance.
The Small Minivet population is facing a decline due to habitat degradation and fragmentation, even though it has not been officially recognized as a threatened species. Currently, the IUCN has categorized it under the “Least Concern” status for conservation.